GoComics Jane’s World reboot!

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New Jane’s World comic are appearing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the newly redesigned GoComics site!

For those of you who read the Jane’s World prose novel that came out in June of 2016 (came out… pun intended), you may notice some similarities in the current story line running on GoComics. Yes, Jane did accidentally purchase a mail order bride in the novel, but in the comics form of this narrative, things won’t happen exactly the same way. Some of you might wonder why. Well, because stories don’t translate exactly the same way in different mediums. It just doesn’t work… and anyway, certain changes (and embellishments ) will be funnier for the comic.

Cheers and happy belated 2017!

 

Jane’s World, Now More Than Ever

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“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is not time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” — Toni Morrison

My wife, Evelyn shared this quote from Toni Morrison earlier on Facebook and it echoed what I’ve been feeling for the past week.

With everything that’s been going on I’m now more motivated than ever to create new Jane’s World comics. New stories begin in December, which I had planned anyway, before the election. But given the current discourse in our country I think it’s important for Jane’s World to have a daily presence. I probably will not touch on actual politics in any of the new stories, but Jane will instead, hopefully, offer a safe space… a respite from the angry noise that currently surrounds all of us. Be strong, friends. Now is the time to be kind to one another.

A New Project

New Jane’s World comics are in the works. They will begin to appear online January 1st (maybe even in December). I’ll post updates as the time draws near.

In the meantime… I’m working on a new graphic novel project. It’s a graphic memoir. I don’t want to share too much at this point, but I like the way the story is shaping up. More to come! Here’s a thumbnail sketch of page 13…

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Comic Con 2016!

Art vs Artist

Hello, fellow comic fans. In addition to a few signings, I’ll be on two panels during Comic Con. I hope to see you there or bump into you somewhere in the craziness and comics mayhem that has become San Diego Comic Con:

Friday, July 22
10:00-11:00 Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media—Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Join moderator Dylan Edwards (Valley of the Silk Sky) as Dylan leads a discussion with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Peanuts, Jane’s World), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), and Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time, Love Machines) about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice. Room: 4

Saturday, July 23
1:00 – 2:00 Teaching STEM with Comics

Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Creative Director Schulz Studio), Jim McClain (Solution Squad), Betsy Gomez(CBLDF), Jen Aprahamian (CTO of VINA), Mairghread Scott (Writer, Transformers: Till All Are One, Guardians of the Galaxy), Rebecca Thompson, PhD (Head of Public Outreach, American Physical Society), and moderator Tracy Edmunds, M.A.Ed. (Graphic Novels are Elementary!) Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Public Library

Sunday, July 24th

Signing the Peanuts “Tribute to Charles M Schulz” book at BOOM booth

Coming Soon: Jane’s World, The Novel

Final color cover imageAs some of you may know, I’ve done 11 volumes of Jane’s World. (Count ‘em, 11!) I love these characters, especially Jane. She’s helped me through breakups and boredom and loneliness and many sleepless nights. My cartoonist pal, Terry Moore and I have often talked about how great characters are a gift. And once you find them you want to keep them in your life. I definitely want to keep Jane in mine!

I’ve been doing comics and graphic novels for forever so I thought it might be fun to mix it up and write about Jane and her crew in the form of a novel. I still plan to include a few comic illustrations in the book, but otherwise it will be a traditional novel. The book will be released in June 2016, by Bold Strokes Books. Stay tuned!

To commemorate my new adventure with Jane, I thought it would be nice to share the news with a sneak peek at the novel’s finished cover image and a refresh of my website. (I have Celina De Leon to thank for my site’s new look. Thanks, Celina!)

I sketched and inked this image, and then sent it along to my friend, Brian Miller so that he could work his color magic. We tried one less traditional approach where the woman in the foreground (Natasha) is all in blue. But I wanted her to be warmer, so we ended up with the final piece having more warm tones. Then Brian added a cool “weathered” texture for effect.

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As this cover implies, once again, Jane is way in over her head. She’s been laid off from her newspaper job. But thanks to everyone who participated in the fun storyline contest I held, Jane decides to take a position at the local library.  She’s quietly going about her daily life when she receives a panicked call from her roommate, Ethan. It seems her PayBuddy account has been hacked and she’s accidentally purchased a mail-order bride. Natasha, aka, the mail-order bride, shows up unexpectedly at her house with rolling luggage. Let the mayhem begin!